Greetings Friends and Colleagues,
As you may know, I previously announced my candidacy for the open City Council At-Large seat created by the retirement of Tim Mayer, a friend and dedicated long-term public servant to the Democratic Party and our community. Tim and I have served together for the last several years on the Utilities Service Board. The open seat will be filled by Dem Caucus voting on August 21, 2017…..and to be absolutely clear, I WANT TO SERVE THE COMMUNITY IN THIS CAPACITY!
I currently serve as a Utilities Service Board member, Chair of Second Baptist Church Trustee Board, Van Buren 2 Democratic Precinct Chair and as President – Monroe County NAACP. I have also served on numerous boards, commissions, committees and other organizations in our community for over 25 years, many in various positions of leadership. I will provide written details of my long-term public service participation and experiences at the August 21st Call to Caucus.
My wife Doris Sims and I established our family roots in this city, raised two wonderful children to adulthood and we all truly and deeply care about the quality of life in Bloomington, Indiana. My organizational group work style and practice is that of common-sense consensus building…..listen thoroughly, discuss respectfully and speak decisively.
I believe, and have heard from many supportive folks in our community, that our city and our council is ready for a qualified candidate of color which reflects the progressive, inclusive and social justice leanings of the Monroe County Democratic Party. I hope I have earned, or have the opportunity to earn, your support in being your representative on the Bloomington City Council.
My vision of serving the community includes many items and issues, such as;
- City infrastructure needs and maintenance (roads, walks and curbs, recreation and green space areas, connectivity, safe and efficient water supply processes, community based broad-band internet, Lake Monroe conservation).
- City budgeting
- Affordable housing
- Living wages
- Comprehensive growth policies planning
- Maintaining and enhancing public safety (Police and Fire)
- Safe and civil neighborhoods
- Planning for I-69 and its effects to our city
- Repurposing of the near downtown area hospital facility
- Maintain/enhance quality of life for our city and surrounding areas
I look forward to speaking with you and/or your designated proxy at your convenience as we travel along the path leading to the Call to Caucus on August 21st.
Yours in Democratic Solidarity,